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Columbia Icefields Parkway & Glacier in Fall | Off the Beaten Path

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Columbia Icefields Parkway & Glacier in Fall | Off the Beaten Path

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icon8 to 12 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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11/3/2021 - 8/29/2023
Monday - Sunday:07:30 AM - 06:30 PM
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Near public transportation
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • This private tour will have a maximum of 3 travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Free pick up/drop off from Hotel and Airbnb
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Elite Culture Discovery Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Columbia Icefields Parkway & Glacier in Fall | Off the Beaten Path ?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Columbia Icefields Parkway & Glacier in Fall | Off the Beaten Path ?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Columbia Icefields Parkway & Glacier in Fall | Off the Beaten Path ?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Columbia Icefields Parkway & Glacier in Fall | Off the Beaten Path ?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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A stellar experience like no other
, May 2022
Helpful and prompt communication within moments of booking, was more than prepared to collect from my hotel (no other operator was). Jerzy is affable, warm and approachable, with that innate ability to actually share the experience with you as a companion rather than come across a ‘tour guide’. He has a passion for the area, and particularly the First Nation presence in it, something which he shared by detailing various aspects of their history, movements, and current status. Courteous and conscientious, checking in on weather reports and reviewing how it may affect the day’s plans. Although being a first time vistor to Canada, I’d heard of the lakes in the Banff National Park and beyond but nothing quite prepares you for being there, particularly at the time of year where snow was still covering the peaks, forests and a great deal of the car parks too (Jerzy will know exactly what I mean)! I even got to get my paleo-rock investigation skills on when we got to the Parkway; never have I been somewhere so fitting of the description ‘haunting beauty’. We ended up covering some 450 miles in one day, which is a figure someone from the UK doesn’t experience very often! If I had the ability to upload images of some of the stunning sights we encountered together I would, but perhaps that’ll only encourage those of you reading this review to discover those first hand for yourselves!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
It was real fun watching you when you performed your " paleo-rock investigation skills" at the Columbia Icefields. Always great to see when the traveler has the opportunity to directly get involved and do their own investigation or research when visiting park areas. Thank you for the review and the stars!
Absolutely wonderful experience of the Icefields Parkway!
, May 2022
This tour of the Icefields Parkway and Banff National Park is truly a once in a lifetime experience, and Jerzy was an amazingly knowledgeable, passionate and kind guide for the same. Jerzy showed us all the prominent sites on the Icefields Parkway - Bow Lake, Peyto Lake, Columbia Icefield and more. He not only had loads of information on each of the sites, but knew the best photo spots and trails for some amateur hiking as well. Jerzy was also extremely accommodating, as he also showed us Lake Minnewanka (we had not been able to see it earlier), got us hiking gear and clicked several professional photographs with his DSLR. All this coupled with his passion and enthusiasm really made the trip special. The entire drive was magnificent and extremely scenic (rated amongst the Top 5 drives in the world by NatGeo) and I truly believe that a trip to Banff would be incomplete without visiting the Icefields Parkway. I highly recommend this tour with Jerzy to anyone visiting Banff National Park.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Lake Minnewanka possesses a spirit all its own; one that’s as unique, enigmatic, and captivating as its own arcane history. Historically, Banff area region was the Mountain Cree traditional hunting territory and was originally name Peechee Lake after Chief Alexis Piche Bobtail, chief of the Mountain Cree. He was a respected leader, warrior and guide whose family were seasonal residents of the area of Lake Minnewanka. It would be sad if you would never seen this lake when visiting Canadian Rockies. Thank you for great review!
Fantastic day out
, May 2022
We had a fantastic day out to the ice fields and part of Jasper National park, even though it was snowing for part of the journey it was made really great because of the driver’s Jerzy knowledge of the whole area, and his flexibility we saw so many fantastic views and scenes, especially as there was just the two of us with Jerzy in his jeep, plenty of room in the front but limited leg room in the back, I couldn’t stretch my legs out I am 5 foot 6 inches. But a small price to pay for a fantastic day out and value for money. Would recommend.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for taking time to share your great comment on this tour. I respect your comments you made on limited leg space in Jeep Wrangler. I hope when you will be visiting our Rockies again, the weather will be much better. Thank you so much for all stars!
Enjoy at your own pace guided through Banff National Park and beyond
, Mar 2022
There's so much to see and one day is not enough. I'll have to come back to see other areas as well. Jerzy knows a lot about the area and really showed me places that will never be covered by tour companies. We started early to get away from crowds in some areas and also managed getting away from rain and snow that was following us. I also learnt a lot about the history of Banff National park and how it all started.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Stefan, The Icefields Parkway road is lined with incredible scenery - waterfalls, forests, rivers, mountains, glaciers - and it is sometimes hard to believe this is not a dream but a reality. I am glad you enjoyed your day and planning to come back!
Do not pass this opportunity up, it is the best tour of Banff National Park!
, Mar 2022
If I could rate Jerzy’s tour 100 starts out of 100 - I would. If you’re planning a trip to Banff then you MUST book this. We (Jerzy, another guest, and myself) set out around 9am, and were dropped off close to 8pm, meaning we had 11 hours of exploration, great conversation, and of course, taking in the sheer wonder of Banff National Park. Put simply, on this tour, you won’t be crammed into a minibus with 50 other people, battling for wifi and space, with a tour guide who most likely is so bored of it by now, all they want is to get it over and done with. Instead, with Jerzy, you will have the best tour experience you could ever ask for due to the comfort of the journey, conservation, and mutual appreciation of going “off the beaten path”. Regarding the National Park, it’s true that you will just have to see it for yourself to believe the enormity and beauty of it all. With Jerzy, in addition to the “major sites”, such as Lake Louise, you will venture off and explore other, perhaps less well known areas of the park, where you will experience a quiet setting to take it all in. In short, don’t hesitate, book with Jerzy!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
This sounds like you had a cool experience. Thanks for the review. The last part of this tour is one of the most beautiful places in Banff National Park (in my humble opinion). This area definitely needs to be accessed in 4WD car with winter tires and I am always excited and prepared to drive to this area. I am glad to keep you comfortable and safe while exploring the landscape. Come back anytime and I'd love to offer you another memorable experience!
Jerzy is the best tour guide
, Nov 2021
This is our 1st time visit in Banff national parks and Jerzy the guy in a picture made sure that we enjoy our stay and our trip/tour. He was very helpful and we never felt rushed. Our 1st booking was canceled by the 1st tour guide named Jay without our permission. But our second package who is by Jerzy’s company was very fun and memorable. Please book Jerzy in your next visit. 100/10
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
I am truly pleased to read your review. When I saw the booking at 23.15 pm, my first thoughts were...the car was very dirty because I just returned from a private tour but then I thought I had enough time in the morning to wash the car and pick you up. Responsible Travel is what guides my philosophy and I believe everyone belongs on an adventure and in adventure. I am glad you been able to see this one of the most beautiful part of the we all agreed on the end of the tour that... this is "50 Switzerland in one place"
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